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2016 Torre de Oña Finca Martelo Reserva

Torre de Oña, Rioja Wine Region, Spain

14.50%, Drinking
Bottle shot of 2016 Torre de Oña Finca Martelo Reserva

2016 Torre de Oña Finca Martelo Reserva

Torre de Oña, Rioja Wine Region, Spain

14.50%, Drinking


"The 2016 Finca Martelo comes from one of the longest harvests in their history. It's a blend of Tempranillo with 6% other varieties, Mazuelo, Garnacha and even white Viura intermixed in the field with a south-facing slope on very white soils. The grapes were hand picked, destemmed and crushed, then put through a seven-day cold soak before fermenting (uncrushed) in stainless steel followed by malolactic that took 98 days. The wine matured in used oak barrels, 80% American and 20% French, for 24 months with four traditional rackings. This wine has a separate winery with smaller vats for each of the plots, and the wine was kept in vat for a further six months before it was bottled in June 2020. It has 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.57. It has a lively and young color and a very expressive nose (the cold soak and the semi-carbonic maceration), and there is a strong spiciness despite the fact they never use any new oak. It's mellow and round, with glossy tannins and a very gentle mouthfeel, with good complexity and those chalky tannins. This is a young and more modern wine than the range from la Rioja Alta. This is a wine that was developed between 2005 and 2012, and they saw the mix of barrels worked better than a single origin. 80,000 bottles produced."
95 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate 

"Part of the La Rioja Alta group since 1995, Torre de Oña in Rioja Alavesa has divided its vineyards into subplots, studying and characterising each one and making and ageing wine from each one separately. The grapes for this reserva come from 60-year-old vines and were harvested by hand. The 2016 vintage saw optimal weather conditions during one of the longest harvests in the winery’s history. Sarah Jane Evans MW: Rich, enticing and juicy, with lot of sweet spice, ripe fruit and earthy notes. Savoury and appetising in the mouth. A great wine that’s bound to live for many years. Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW: Silky and juicy, layered with oak, pomegranate, redcurrant conserve and basil. Complex and long. Pierre Mansour: With hints of leather and spice, and ripe, textured tannins, this is a textbook reserva. Medium length."
95 points, Pannel Tasting (Sarah Jane Evans MW, Pedro Ballestero Torres MW, Pierre Mansour), 

"Finca Martelo uses fruit from the oldest vines at Torre de Oña and is a blend of Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo. Sweetly wooded in American and 20% French oak, it's sweet, chalky and textured with the elegance of the 2016 vintage and a balsamic lift."
93 points, Tim Atkin MW

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ProducerTorre de Oña

In 1995, a century after five winemaking families combined to form the winery society of La Rioja Alta S.A., the company expanded into Rioja Alavesa, founding the Torre de Oña estate. Here, with old bush-trained Tempranillo, they produce a more modern style of Rioja where the terroir lends itself to a fuller, riper style of wine that is complemented by the use of French oak and shorter maturation. The Estate is an innovative ‘chateau’ concept, established long before the rise of single-vineyard Rioja, producing site-specific wine in contrast to the traditional blends of La Rioja Alta. Originally under the control of technical director Julio Saenz, today the winemaking is led by Alejandro Lopéz, named as one of the Top 10 next-generation Spanish winemakers by Pedro Ballasteros MW in Decanter magazine.

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